Bitwise is about humans-those that we serve, and those that work for us too. Our team is made up of dynamic, diverse, and dedicated individuals who each contribute to our ongoing mission of connecting people to opportunities in the technology industry. From Finance to Human Resources, Building Services to Marketing, each person on the Bitwise Team is critical to helping our company operate smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jake leads Bitwise Industries in vision casting, real estate development, and strategic initiatives. Jake grew up in Clovis, California with a dream of eventually holding a national office—an aspiration that eventually turned into creating opportunity for folks of every walk of life. Prior to co-founding Bitwise, Jake practiced intellectual property law at Walter & Wilhelm Law Group in Fresno. In 2012, over drinks and aha moments with his client, Irma Olguin Jr., they excitedly discussed the possibility of a company that could nurture and network the critical components of Fresno’s tech industry and become a driving force for the local economy. At that moment, the idea of Bitwise was born.
Jake believes we all have gifts to contribute—and an obligation to use them. He has teamed up with art advocacy nonprofit Creative Fresno to launch the Boomerang Project, an initiative aimed at reversing the city’s “brain drain” by connecting high-level jobs with talented individuals who’d previously moved away for greater prospects. He also helped launch “I Believe in Downtown,” a grassroots campaign for the redevelopment of downtown Fresno and investment in Fulton Street. He is an advisory board member for 59DaysOfCode and sits on the board of the Downtown Fresno Partnership and Neighborhood Industries. Closest to his heart is magnet school Hamilton K-8 (“Home of the Hurricanes”) where he and his neighbors volunteer. For Jake’s wife, Sarah, and their three school-age children, it’s a venture whose progress is measured in years instead of days.
Jake holds a dual degree in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Western State College of Law. He enjoys running, working in his yard, and spending quality time with his family.
In 2013, after noticing a gap in advancing tech industry opportunities for those without formally educated technical backgrounds, Irma L. Olguin Jr. alongside her then-IP lawyer Jake Soberal, co-founded Bitwise Industries–a company focused on creating a diverse tech workforce in Fresno, California. Nearly ten years later, the movement has expanded to include cities all across the country During that time, Bitwise managed to secure one of the largest rounds of Series A funding for a female Latinx-led company, and later an additional 50 million dollars in Series B funding. As one of three CEOs, Irma oversees the company’s operation teams, as well as the apprentice-training program under Bitwise Workforce Training, and custom software development for Bitwise Tech Services. It is through her leadership as CEO that she ensures Bitwise remains faithful to its mission to strengthen the tech industry in cities across the country by creating a level playing field with opportunities for everyone–regardless of their background or upbringing–to advance personally and professionally. In addition to the apprenticeship training programs, Irma also co-founded Bitwise Cowork, Fresno’s first coworking space, open to local designers, developers, entrepreneurs and established companies alike. Irma holds a degree in computer science and engineering from University of Toledo, Ohio, believes firmly in the soul-fixing goodness of a cheesy roll-up from Taco Bell, and almost always has a supply of candy in her pocket that was most likely purchased from her local 7-Eleven. She has been a contributing advisor on several community boards, including 59DaysOfCode, President’s Advisory Board for California State University,Fresno, the American Red Cross (Central Valley Chapter), Kingsview Behavioral Health, and Youth Leadership Institute.
Bethany Mily works with the management team to direct strategy, guide policy and identify goals for Bitwise and its offshoot companies, including Bitwise Technology Consulting. She takes the lead on strategic philanthropy initiatives, funds cutting-edge SaaS companies, and creates learning opportunities for marginalized populations through Bitwise Workforce Training programs. Previously, Bethany was the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a project-based, technology high school in California’s Central Valley.
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Bethany attended California State University, Sacramento, where she majored in English language and literature. (Inspired by her love of biographies, she also minored in criminal justice.) Bethany went on to attend National University and earned two master’s degrees, one in education and the other in educational administration and supervision. She has also helped to organize fundraising events for the Marjaree Mason Center, a Fresno-based non-profit women’s shelter that supports and empowers adults and their children affected by domestic violence.
Chief Corporate Development Officer for Mergers and Acquisitions
As Chief Corporate Development Officer for Mergers and Acquisitions, Landon Brokaw oversees a team of employees focused on the acquisition and integration of new companies Bitwise may acquire. With roots in the Pacific Northwest, Landon grew up in the Portland, Oregon area and later moved to Tacoma, Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University. He began his sales and marketing career with Boeing in Washington, and eventually moved to the California Central Valley sixteen years ago. Landon found his start in the Bitwise ecosystem six years ago as Executive Director of Sales and Marketing of what is now known as Bitwise Industries Technology Services. His strengths are in blazing new trails and standing up new departments throughout Bitwise, once serving as Chief Executive Officer of Bitwise Ventures. Landon’s experience is layered, but the heart of the work he’s doing at Bitwise fuels the company’s vision to change lives; he is passionate about using that layered experience to generate revenue to propel the Bitwise mission in lifting up underserved lives and communities.
When he’s not working, Landon is a family man, lifelong musician, and dedicated member of his church community. He is passionate about endurance sports and also enjoys any opportunity to pick up his guitar or sit at his drumset to make music. He also has an unbridled love for both good coffee and chips and salsa, but maybe not at the same time.
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
As the Chief Revenue Officer for Bitwise Industries, LaMar Bunts oversees the revenue generation process along with integration and alignment between all-revenue related functions. He is a seasoned customer-oriented leader with a proven track record of operationalizing strategy and leading enterprise-scale services. LaMar has driven international partnerships and expansion in Fortune 500 and privately- held companies including Silicon Graphics, Dell, and ITM Software (sold to BMC Software). LaMar most recently has focused on EdTech using SaaS, AI, and marketplace technology solutions to support workforce development and online learning. LaMar graduated with Honors in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He previously led the international business for ACT, Inc. and grew the business profitably by 3x in 3 years with a specific emphasis on tech transformation and innovations in workforce readiness solutions for the billions of people who need to demonstrate education and work readiness in their home countries.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Channelle Charest oversees Bitwise administration and operation including legal, policy, and human resources departments. More specifically, she sees it as her job to ensure the everyday experience for our own people is as exciting and powerful as it is for our clients and partners. She leads the company’s growth efforts, working closely with the Senior VPs of our expansion cities to figure out how the Bitwise ecosystem can best adapt to solve challenges in each location.
Strengthening overlooked urban cores is a passion for Channelle, who has worked in downtown Fresno for more than a decade doing everything from pouring beer at the neighborhood pub to directing projects for a creative design firm. “This is my home. My city,” says Channelle. “I want people to share my pride and enthusiasm.” As Bitwise expands to new cities and new campuses, Channelle hopes to ignite that same pride among locals and new employees alike.
Chief Marketing Officer
At the helm of an integrated 30+ member marketing team, Jeanáe DuBois builds and executes results-driven marketing strategies on every front including branding, client development, public relations, campaign development and planning for events drawing up to 50,000 attendees. She was instrumental in creating CenCal Dreamin’, the region’s first Salesforce User Community event of its kind outside of Northern and Southern California.
Jeanáe’s career spans several mid to large-sized agencies and industries. Her first position she accepted out of college was with a fledgling marketing company which she helped grow in the span of eleven years. Jeanáe herself grew and excelled from a client services executive to eventually Executive Vice President. During her tenure, that organization saw exponential growth becoming a recognizable market leader and expanded to four locations statewide. A proud graduate of California Polytechnic University, Jeanáe received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Marketing from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Greg Goforth oversees Bitwise’s use of technology in applications ranging from video conferencing to department tools. He manages the IT department of Bitwise and leads the charge on building out the Salesforce Org that Bitwise runs on. Greg was also key in the development of the Bitwise Workforce Training program.
Greg first joined Bitwise to launch the now highly successful Apprenticeship program and was the first Developer Fellow. Many of those early apprentices are now employed with Bitwise today, across a variety of departments. Greg believes the best part about being a programmer is chasing “lightbulb moments” and makes it his mission is to help others enjoy such satisfaction and success in software development. “Working for Bitwise has given me a real sense of purpose,” says Greg. “I enjoy learning new technologies while helping others learn them as well.”
Chief Real Estate Officer
As the Chief Real Estate Officer, Sandi Olguin oversees Real Estate Development for Bitwise Industries, including Bitwise’s internal maintenance, building operations, and tenant relations team. She leads these hard working folks in making sure every Bitwise building in each campus runs smoothly, including operational tasks like front desk staffing, janitorial services, repair/tenant improvements, and security. Her favorite part about working with Bitwise is the underestimated places they choose to invest in. “I love the potential – and the downtown skylines!”
Sandi’s hardworking demeanor and “get it done” attitude is at the helm of every project, Whether that’s helping with tenant improvements or laying out the floor plans for our next expansion campus. In all that she does, Sandi is dedicated to “making a decision and making it work,” a famous quote from her mom. Outside of work, Sandi can be often found binge-watching true crime and murder documentaries.
Chief Workforce Officer
Michelle Skoor teaches excluded people in underestimated places the skills they need to get a job in technology. In this way, Michelle is helping not only change lives, but change the face of the local workforce. As Chief Workforce Officer, Michelle and their team helps graduates find high-wage tech jobs in their own cities. Graduates from Bitwise Workforce Training often get hired by Bitwise Technology Consulting and get hands-on experience delivering excellent software and business solutions.
Previously, Michelle directed the Diverse Talent Program at Bitwise, partnering with tech and enterprise organizations to engage diverse, cost-efficient tech talent using a unique and proven apprenticeship model. Before becoming Bitwise’s Chief Workforce Officer, Michelle was Product Officer for Onward & PodUp, two Bitwise initiatives launched to provide support and resources to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle enjoys watching NCAA women’s gymnastics and was 1990 Level 9 State Champion (Floor, All Around). But their most recent brush with fame is having the first queer marriage proposal story in Glamour magazine!
As the Vice President of Bitwise Buffalo, CJ Banks oversees the operations and community development of our first Bitwise Industries campus on the East Coast. CJ Banks is a native of the Bronx and relocated to Buffalo eighteen years ago. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in early childhood development, a graduate certificate in mental health counseling, and is a certified instructor of Youth Mental Health First Aid—focused on training adults to assist youth in crisis. In CJ’s latest professional role, he served as the Director of Parenting and Youth Services at EPIC–Every Person Influences Children. Previous leadership roles included VP of Development and Communications for the Buffalo Urban League and prior to working in the nonprofit world, CJ worked in management in the retail industry.
In addition to his nonprofit and corporate experience, CJ Banks is an entrepreneur, having created and managed three successful companies including a marketing solutions enterprise, graphic/web design, and photography. Utilizing his experience in the music industry, CJ also built a recording studio in Buffalo. The purpose of this studio is to provide a safe, drug-free, and positive place for youth to record and cultivate their musical talent while learning life skills and key transferable workforce skills. CJ is a proud husband and father of eight children—five biological, two adopted through foster care, and a current foster father of one.
Chief of Staff
Passionate about people, community and creativity, Kristin Belden is dedicated to launching projects that have a unique and important impact. As Bitwise chief of staff, she regularly communicates with our stakeholders such as board members and investors about the growth and regional impact of Bitwise. She leads our lobbying and policy making efforts, ensuring we have a voice in critical conversations at both the state and federal level. Kristin worked in the media industry for over a decade, most recently as a partner at Studiotobe, a home for independent storytelling, content development and production.
Previously, she served as chief of staff for The Center for Investigative Reporting, combining strategic planning, business development and project management to drive performance across the organization. She also co-launched The Bay Citizen, a local nonprofit news organization in San Francisco committed to promoting innovation in journalism and catalyzing civic engagement with the news. Kristin serves on the board at Youth Leadership Institute, an organization dedicated to building communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive community change that promotes social justice and racial equity.
If there’s an event happening on our Bitwise campuses, Talisha Brantley is probably nearby helping run the show! As the VP of Events for Bitwise Industries, Talisha oversees the Events team and helps create events that cultivate community, build and sustain the Bitwise ecosystem, and spread the Bitwise message to folks near and far. Formerly a Bitwise administrative assistant, Talisha’s role with Events allows her to give people a literal stage to share their art and amplify their message–especially when they wouldn’t have access or ability to do so elsewhere.
Bitwise events can range from a small educational workshop to huge concerts featuring Grammy-award winning artists. Talisha’s team always strives to put on kick-ass events that are both creative and inspire meaningful conversations, while helping strengthen the greater Bitwise community. Outside of work, Talisha enjoys playing video games, hanging out with her cat Basura Goose and pup Cecil, and also collecting enough plants to officially become a crazy plant lady.
As the VP of Bitwise Merced, Norma Cardona oversees the development of Bitwise’s new campus in Merced by meeting with all stakeholders including business partners, elected officials and, target beneficiaries of the apprenticeship programs in order to ensure it’s successful implementation. Norma hopes to infuse the Bitwise ecosystem in Merced’s local community and economy, while also helping those traditionally left out of the technology industry.
A native of Santa Maria, CA, Norma joined the Merced community while completing her undergraduate studies at UC Merced, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Cognitive Science. A lifelong advocate of education, Norma is excited to be working for an organization that has tailored educational opportunities to the needs of the community, specifically in the form of paid apprenticeship programs. When Norma isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time at home with her partner and English bulldog.
VP, Salesforce Channel
Renaldo DaSilva is responsible for building out and leading go-to-market strategy within our Salesforce Channel at Bitwise Industries. The efforts of Renaldo’s team aim to help provide career opportunities for underestimated communities that would otherwise not have a chance to get experience in the Salesforce space. The career potential in the tech field will allow more humans to change their lives and the lives of their families for generations. Renaldo’s team strives to create these jobs by helping schools, NGOs, foundations, state and local governments, as well as small businesses in these same communities—allowing all to leverage Salesforce technologies and run their organizations more efficiently.
Over the past two decades, Renaldo has been an entrepreneur with a passion for social justice, job creation, and technology. As the son of Caribbean parents who migrated to the U.S. with nothing, he feels he’s the embodiment of the people Bitwise aims to serve. Renaldo has been a nonprofit leader, chairman of the board for a charter school, job creator for underserved communities, and founder of ESOR consulting group. Renaldo lives in New Jersey with his wife Ayana and their three children: Joshua, Isaiah and Nia Rose.
VP, Real Estate Development
Bryan Feil serves as the VP of Real Estate Development at Bitwise Industries, overseeing the coworking, building development, and hospitality teams. Bryan assistants in locating, designing, and identifying architectural partners for each Bitwise Real Estate project. He especially enjoys being able to help Bitwise’s city expansion projects and revitalizing downtowns through growth and development.
Bryan Feil grew up in Bakersfield, CA with the desire to use business as a tool to impact lives. That passion took its first form in co-founding and developing Neighborhood Industries, an organization focused on operating businesses that reveal value in people so that they can be a positive contributor in their community. Outside of the office, Bryan can be found spending time with his lovely wife, Kim, and their two children, Cora and Reid.
As VP of Bitwise Bakersfield, Natasha focuses on cultivating relationships in diverse communities and strengthening partnerships that ignite the Bitwise Industries brand within Kern County. This includes nonprofits, educational institutions, residents, private partnerships and all other public entities. Natasha also oversees the Bitwise Bakersfield campus, managing multiple projects while ensuring we’re creating a space that is diverse, inclusive, and progressive.
Natasha first encountered Bitwise Industries in 2017 when she attended a work meeting at the Bitwise Hive in Fresno, and immediately knew something similar was necessary in Bakersfield. Her hope is that in five years time, Kern County will be known for leading the advancement of career development and opportunities in technology, with Bitwise Bakersfield clearing the path for wider apprenticeship tracks and increased partnerships. In her free time, Natasha enjoys serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, longboarding, and caring for rescue pups in and around her community.
As General Counsel of Bitwise Industries, Lydia Galbreath advises executives and senior management on legal matters, while also maintaining knowledge of Bitwise’s operations and legal documents. Throughout her legal career, Lydia has advised emerging companies through formation to exit and desires to provide this legal guidance to Bitwise as the company grows.
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lydia chose Berkeley Law to obtain her J.D. The move across the country provided her greater access to technology and entrepreneurship. She found her niche when learning about the intersection of startups and law. As an avid traveler, Lydia obtained her 30-countries-by-age-30 goal and is continuing on her mission to explore the world.
VP, New Economies
As Vice President of New Economies, Mike Green helps to establish Relational Commercial Readiness (RCR) in prospective underestimated cities to support Bitwise Industries’ expansion efforts. In his years as a Navy recruiter, he noticed the consistent gaps in academic outcomes for students of color and studied the challenges and opportunities that students of color faced across the socioeconomic spectrum. This manifested into a passion to change the system of learning so that every student at every age–regardless of background, individuality, or socioeconomic status–could embark on a path of their dreams with equitable access to opportunities. The work Mike is doing at Bitwise aligns with his mission to increase the productivity of the most vulnerable populations in a tech-based, globally competitive, innovation economy.
In his spare time outside of Bitwise, Mike and his wife co-facilitate Common Ground Conversations on Race in America with school districts, city leadership, police departments, and other community organizations. He and his wife reside in Central Point, Oregon.
If you ask Thilani Grubel what her goal is in the next ten years, she’ll tell you she wants to “do good and solve problems.” This may be an oversimplification, as what she really means is advocating for the underserved and underrepresented communities prevalent everywhere, but namely—in Fresno. Whether finding solutions to homelessness or access to opportunity, Thilani has her eyes set on human advocacy. And her role as VP of Bitwise Fresno is how she’s forging a path to begin that important work.
As VP of Bitwise Fresno, Thilani listens to the voices of the Fresno community and engages in conversations with local representatives and businesses to find ways to continue providing opportunities in technology and growing Fresno’s economy. In her spare time, you can find Thilani hiking or kayaking with her husband and daughter—or even more likely thinking of reasons to avoid going for a run.
VP, Strategic Channel Partners
Hannibal Guerrero serves as the VP of Strategic Channel Partnerships for Bitwise Industries, developing and delivering partnerships with large organizations that can deliver multi-city and vertical client engagements. His overall goal is to drive profitable revenue at scale with large strategic partners, not only in the US but also around the world.
Hannibal states his favorite part of his role is the incredible privilege and honor of positively impacting people’s professional trajectory—creating significant positive effects for their own lives, families, and communities around them. When he’s not working, Hannibal enjoys traveling and spending time with his four daughters: Nicolette, Francesca, Isabella, and Gabriella.
VP, Enterprise Technology Consulting
Chris Hawkins has more than two decades of experience building web applications, but his superpower is managing teams of different expertises through the process of solving complex business problems. Chris has spent his career as an independent consultant helping businesses create and use software tools to improve processes, cut costs, and strengthen internal collaboration. He’s successfully completed projects for companies as large as Fortune 500s and as small as mom-and-pop shops. He’s also a steady hand on a crisis project or a client management conundrum.
Chris is experienced in the Microsoft stack of technologies–Windows, ASP.NET (both C# and VB.NET) WebForms and MVC, SQL Server (and SSRS), SharePoint and even older tech like ASP 3.0 and VB6. Chris is the author of many things, including the book “Conquering Client Conflict” and numerous industry articles. He is a podcast host and a frequent guest on podcasts whose focus is on the consulting business. Chris is a man who likes to keep himself busy; his favorite quote is, “No such thing as spare time, free time, or down time. All you have is life time. Go.”
SVP, New Economies
As Senior Vice President of New Economies at Bitwise Industries, Johnathan leads commercialization and expansion into underdog cities across the U.S. Prior to Bitwise, Johnathan served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Advisor of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2017 to 2021. He is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC and authored The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Shared Prosperity for All Americans.
A few of Johnathan’s achievements Include securing more than $40M of funding support, creating Ohio’s first information technology-focused high school, forming a $40M venture capital fund of funds, and enabling a $250M network of regional, early-stage risk capital. Holifield holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Educational Foundations, and law degree from University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Vice President of Product Marketing, Bitwise Ventures
As Vice President of Product Marketing for Bitwise Ventures, Nicole oversees and executes all aspects of marketing, branding, campaign strategy, and public relations for Bitwise Industries’ portfolio companies. A results-focused leader, Nicole brings seventeen years of business-to-business marketing expertise to the table, and guides the team in rapidly growing and carefully scaling each product company. With thoughtful direction, Nicole works closely with Bitwise Ventures’ product officers to ensure their goals align with the marketing strategy, while leading her team and building on their strengths as they navigate swift pivots with each joint venture.
Nicole has developed strategic marketing campaigns for several start-up companies, including one that was named INC 500’s third Fastest-growing Private Company in the Nation. Nicole was born and raised in Fresno, CA and received her Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Public Relations from California State University, Fresno. Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys spending time with friends, reading, and being outdoors with her husband and two children.
VP, External Affairs
As Vice President of External Affairs, Laura Maristany leads Bitwise Industries’ outreach and partnerships with government and community organizations to build tech economies in underestimated cities. She is a seasoned advocate and community builder with extensive Capitol Hill and policymaking experience. Before joining Bitwise, Laura served as Associate Director for Constructive Politics at Democracy Fund, where she created and carried out the foundation’s constructive politics strategy to explore what unites us while helping institutions that govern become more diverse, inclusive, and better able to serve all Americans.
Laura has led advocacy and coalition-building strategies as head of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) DC office, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and her work in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a thought partner and leader, she has helped launch several startup organizations with a focus on strengthening capacity and infrastructure to promote inclusive systems across sectors. Laura also currently serves on Welcoming America’s board of Directors and is an advisory council member for Millennial Action Project’s Leadership Development Council and Representative Democracy. Laura is a GMF 2018 Memorial Fellow, and a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit bestowed by the Spanish Crown. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus and a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University.
SVP, Revenue Management
As the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management, Ryan McCallum oversees processes that drive successful client experiences with Bitwise Industries’ services. Ryan manages the plans that achieve revenue results and client outcomes by operationalizing the sales organization and service lines. With a background in IT service management, he brings considerable expertise in managed service partnerships and client account management across several verticals, including: healthcare, insurance, nonprofit, and transportation.
Ryan has significant product management expertise, including: Agile product development, product and go-to-market strategy, finance, and operations. Prior to coming to Bitwise he served the nation’s leading educational assessment and research organization first as the Senior Director of Digital Solutions, and then the VP of Product Management.
VP, El Paso
Lili Mireles joins the team as the VP of Bitwise El Paso, where she leads our company’s efforts to build a more inclusive and accessible tech community across far west Texas. Lili hopes to use her role to uplift El Paso and the border community by making sure conversations around tech are inclusive of the border perspective, focusing on creating a space that is welcoming, innovative, and reflective of their community.
As the daughter of immigrants and a first-generation Texan, Lili has a deep sense of appreciation for hard work and sacrifice from those who came before her. She feels privileged to be in a position to be able to serve others, and hopes that leading the Bitwise El Paso team helps more individuals find jobs, opportunities, and long-term success for all. When she’s not working, Lili enjoys volunteering with different immigrant and refugee advocacy groups, and spending time with her husband, César, and dog, Jefe.
As the Vice President of Apprenticeships, Stephanie Moreno leads the effort to holistically support each and every student in our apprenticeship program. As individuals navigate through all phases of the apprenticeship journey, she leads a team that connects each one with the resources and support they need to succeed. Stephanie’s goal is to ensure each person truly feels that “No one belongs here more than you.”
A former Bitwise student herself, Stephanie has the unique perspective of understanding the journey of the individuals as they start their new path in the tech industry. She is dedicated to underserved populations—empowering them to find their voice and advocate for themselves. Stephanie loves connecting great humans with their next steps in technology—whether at Bitwise or beyond. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, and her four children.
VP, Tenant Relations
As the Vice President of Tenant Relations at Bitwise Industries, Michelle Morse is at the helm of making sure our tenant community is well taken care of. She oversees the Leasing, Property Management, and Reception teams, as well as handling intraoffice logistics throughout each Bitwise building on our different campuses. Michelle and her teams help bring the Bitwise experience to the communities we serve in our physical spaces, going above and beyond to care for each tenant that calls Bitwise home.
Michelle cites the favorite part of her role is being able to share and bring “the Bitwise way” to all of our tenants, visitors, and cities we serve. That hospitality and No One Belongs Here More Than You mentality is intentional to provide a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment to the tenants and guests at Bitwise. Outside of the office, you can often find Michelle hanging out with her pups, tending to her plants, or watching The Golden Girls.
VP, BLDG Services
Santana Olguin is at the helm of our teams at Bitwise who keep our buildings running smoothly. As the VP of Building Services, Santana oversees the Tenant Improvement, Security, Fleet, Procurement, and Janitorial departments—focused on maintaining facilities, service, and infrastructure at the highest levels. He cites his favorite part of working for Bitwise is how valued he feels–not just as an employee, but as a person first.
A native of Carauthers, CA, Santana began his career at Bitwise as a contracted worker, and then was hired as a member of the Tenant Improvement Staff. Now, he oversees the teams who help provide a clean, safe, and well-maintained environment for our tenants and team. Outside of work, Santana can be found spending time with his wife, Jeanine, and their three beautiful children, Isabella, Logan, and Maverick—usually over a plate of his famous home-cooked BBQ!
VP, Business Development
As VP of Business Development, JP Prendergast oversees the sales team for Bitwise Technology Consulting and all of its endeavors, including custom development services, Salesforce-related projects, OnwardUS, and Take Care. He’s proud of the growth he’s seen take place at Bitwise, “especially seeing a scrappy group of developers and subcontractors turn into the amazing software development firm we’ve got today.”
Born in Chicago and raised in Denver, JP resided in Los Angeles for many years, tracing a Nike swoosh-shaped path across the United States. Today, he is proud to tell people about the amazing things that are happening in Fresno and beyond. JP attended Colorado State University and graduated with a BA in Speech Communications. If you ask nicely, he’ll tell you about his brush with fame as an extra on the television show West Wing.
VP, Workforce Programs
As Vice President of Workforce Programs, Danita Ramos oversees the team and the day-to-day operations of Bitwise’s apprenticeship programs that help underestimated cities develop a diverse local workforce and helps underserved people reach their potential through discovery, hard work, and individualized attention. She also collaborates with new and existing partners to create programs for both pre-apprentice students and apprenticeship pathways. “With our guidance and training, in a community where everyone belongs, we build a diverse pipeline of students and apprentices. I couldn’t be more proud of the work we do,” says Danita. She also works alongside Bitwise’s government, philanthropy, and revenue teams to create programs for new and existing clients.
Previously, Danita spent ten years in public education, serving students from rural Fresno as a classroom teacher and also as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Monroe Elementary. She has experience in curriculum framework design and integrated teaching and learning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in administrative services.
VP, Government Partnerships
Tina Robertson leads Bitwise’s public-private partnership team with an eye toward reaching underrepresented communities and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the local workforce. Her effectiveness is in part thanks to an illustrious sales career in which she closed billion-dollar projects for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company and serviced the needs of global IT giants including HP, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Facebook, and Yahoo.
Tina believes technology has the ability to make the world a better place. Ask her to name her favorite thing about her underdog city, she’ll tell you: “I see smart people everywhere, willing, wanting and ready to roll up their sleeves and make a difference.” Tina facilitates workshops that empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. When Tina isn’t working, you can find her cycling, hiking, or picnicking with family, friends, and her dog. Tina Robertson holds an AA degree from Los Rios Community College and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University.
VP, Human Resources
As the VP of Human Resources, Janelle Sanders oversees Bitwise Industries’ Human Resources department, handling everything from onboarding new hires to everyday administrative tasks. Janelle’s goal is to ensure every single Bitwise team member feels a sense of belonging from the minute they join our team—and through every step along the way during their entire time with us.
The Bitwise employee experience is a unique one, and Janelle works with her team to make sure that “feels-like-home” culture is preserved while also propelling the company forward to new places and people. When she’s not working, Janelle enjoys baking with her kids, playing board games with her family, and her new hobby of gardening!
Kennan Scott is in charge of adapting the Bitwise ecosystem to fit Oakland’s authentic DNA. This includes training, apprenticeships, and jobs in software design, sales and more. Previously, looking to empower a new generation of black and brown engineers, Kennan launched the West Oakland MS Engineering and computer science department and supported curricular and professional development for teachers, in addition to being a founder of CODEd Academy, a proposed interdisciplinary computer science school in Oakland, which is focused on connecting students of color to technology-related jobs in the Bay Area.
He partnered with public, private, and nonprofit entities to expand work-based learning and career opportunities for Oakland’s youth while managing the district-wide vision of ensuring over 3,000 students receive high-quality, 6-12 computer science instruction. At Bitwise, Kennan can now help OUSD students get jobs in tech, the very ones he taught how to code in 8th grade. Kennan won both the 2019 Golden State Warriors Impact Award and the 2019 State of Black Education Educator Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
As the new VP of Bitwise Toledo, Tammi will be collaborating with key partners such as local government offices, corporations, foundations, and academic institutions to educate, build, and grow Toledo communities that are underserved and underrepresented.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Tammi started her career with Sam’s Club over 30 years ago—which quickly blossomed into a life-changing journey while attending the University of Toledo for Accounting. Tammi quickly excelled in the ranks in her previous role, and she’s ready to embark on a career in a tech community tasked to help educate and uplift the place where her journey began. Tammi holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from National Louis University and will be a Southern California transplant returning to Ohio with her two teenage children and their fur baby.
VP, Salesforce Partnerships
Tiffany Spencer oversees the design and implementation of business strategies, plans, and procedures for Bitwise Industries’ Salesforce partners. Her comprehensive goals have proven a reliable source for performance and growth as she works to establish the policies that promote the digital transformations for organizations of all sizes. As a 7x Certified Salesforce Professional and Salesforce MVP, Tiffany provides strong leadership acumen to the expansion activities she oversees through investments, acquisitions, and corporate alliances.
Tiffany is very active in the community and uses her expertise to mentor high school and college students. She is the current Board Chair and Program Director for Black Orlando Tech, a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating minority economic advancement through workforce, small business, and socioeconomic development by increasing the awareness, activities, network, and resources for local minorities who pursue careers or entrepreneurship in technology.
VP, Admin Support
Brittany Stevens oversees the Executive Assistants and Admin Support teams as the VP Of Administrative Support at Bitwise Industries. She hires, trains, and places each Executive Assistant specifically for the department or executive they are supporting—while also managing their individual growth in the company. Her team provides organization and administrative support to Bitwise’s many departments, helping the company run as smoothly as possible.
As a main participant in the hiring of our Executive Assistants, Brittany is often the first introduction of Bitwise culture to prospective team members. She loves getting to learn about so many people during the interview process, and watching them grow throughout their tenure at Bitwise. Outside of work, Brittany is often hanging out with her sweet cat, Gerty.
SVP, City Expansion
As SVP, of City Expansion, Terry Solis works to build relationships within the Bitwise community all while living and evangelizing our company’s mission, values, and culture. She enjoys staying up-to-date with all of the different divisions of Bitwise and providing insight into the company’s work with partner organizations and communities. One of Terry’s priorities is to create an environment that everyone can see themselves being a part of.
During her time at Bitwise Workforce Training, she has helped countless students feel at home and appreciated as a part of our tech community, mentoring and supporting them along each of their individual journeys. Terry deeply values working for an organization like Bitwise that allows her to not only be at the table with others, but encourages her to take a lead as well.
As Senior Vice President of City Expansion, Amy is in charge of helping to shape the Bitwise ecosystem to fit the personalities of every expansion city we embark upon. She oversees planning for all expansion campuses, ensuring we’re creating spaces that are diverse, inclusive, and progressive in each new Bitwise city. Amy helps cultivate relationships between Bitwise and communities in each expansion location. This includes nonprofits, educational institutions, residents, private partnerships and all other public entities.
Amy helps ensure all lines of business are working together to best benefit the company and each new expansion city. She also has a confession: “My dream job would be as the starting forward for the Women’s National Soccer team,” says Amy. “But since that train has passed, I figure the next best thing would be to create possibilities for people here at home.” Today, Amy resides in Bakersfield with her wife, Michelle, and their twins. She holds a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.
Trevor Thomas-Uribe energizes capital formation and corporate strategy for Bitwise Industries. He also helps to identify, invest in, and support promising new regional businesses within the Bitwise ecosystem. Trevor takes pride in working one on one with founders and helping them meet goals such as getting a fundraise closed, finding and securing a new hire, or even something as basic as putting together a solid pitch deck or sorting out a new business model.
Trevor serves as an advisor to Kern Venture Group and Listing Alert and serves on the boards of Atlas Alpha, 59DaysOfCode, and Kolyde. He was also named among the 40 under 40: Tech Diversity—Silicon Valley. In his spare time, you’ll find Trevor riding motorcycles or training in capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business, an M.Eng. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. from Morgan State University.
Chrystine Villarreal’s position as VP of Philanthropy is the logical extension of a career dedicated to creating structural change for working families in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Previously, Chrystine undertook business development for AnitaB.org, the organization that created the largest annual convening of female and non-binary community members in tech. She was the president at Mixhalo, a startup that patented a new wireless technology protocol and built a diverse staff and inclusive culture.
Chrystine was instrumental in curating content, as well as developing new standards for tracking and measuring diversity for TechCrunch’s major events, she was responsible for establishing relationships with supporters and championed a mission to empower underserved youth through entrepreneurship BUILD.org, and she evaluated entrepreneurs in technology, media, social media, and clean tech sectors for Khosla Ventures. Chrystine is the proud mother to four beautiful boys–Carlitos, Joaquin, Daniel, and Emiliano–and fortunate wife to her husband, Carlos.
VP, Marketing Strategy
As Vice President of Marketing Strategy at Bitwise Industries, Nina Waste oversees the Strategy team within the MarComm department to develop marketing strategies that support the various lines of business at Bitwise. The Strategy team creates and executes marketing campaigns that help build a strong and consistent brand for Bitwise through a wide range of online and offline marketing channels–all in hopes that Bitwise can continue to uplift folks from underserved populations and give them a seat at the table.
As a first generation immigrant, Nina spent most of her adolescence trying to assimilate to what was viewed as “All American,” but now has prioritized being loudly proud of her culture and who she is as a person. Being part of a company that is aggressively inclusive and promotes a culture of acceptance and belonging gives her a purpose in continuing her work so that people from all backgrounds feel empowered to be proud of where they come from and who they are, too. When Nina isn’t working, she’s exploring the outdoors, traveling, and trying different cuisines. She also enjoys hanging with her husband, son, and her pup, as well as fervently campaigning that pineapple pizza is top tier–if thinking that is wrong, she doesn’t want to be right.
Tessa Williamson has been a part of the Bitwise ecosystem since its inception; she was originally contracted to name the entity that came to be Bitwise Industries, Shift3 Technologies, and Geekwise Academy! Now as the Creative Director, she oversees the Creative team to consistently convey the brand that is uniquely Bitwise. From website design to email campaigns, the branding of Bitwise Industries is both intricate and intentional. Tessa’s leadership ensures each facet of the Bitwise brand communicates our mission and goals, whether big or small.
Tessa has spent over 20 years in the Marketing and Creative industry. Her favorite part of being Bitwise’s Creative Director is the ever changing projects and eclectic creatives who collaborate together to complete them. Tessa’s goal is to bring ideas to life and convey the heart of Bitwise to as many people as possible. Outside of work, Tessa enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Mason and Cadence, as well as her beloved fur baby, Zoey.